The National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, has suspended its nationwide strike which began on April 2.
The suspension followed the intervention of the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr Maikanti Baru.
According to Ndu Ughamadu, NNPC Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division on Monday in Abuja, Baru said his intervention was in the national interest. Baru further approved the increase in bridging costs from N6.20 to N7.20.
Bridging is money paid to tanker drivers per kilometre for trucking petroleum products from depots to final destinations.
Mediating between the Nigerian Association of Road Transport Owners, NARTO, and the Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD), Baru said;
We understand the difficulty of NARTO to go into negotiations which have to do with the level of bridging allowance.
I am happy to announce that the Honourable Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, has given his approval to increase the bridging allowance from N6.20 to N7.20
SOURCE: – BELLANAIJA